March 30, 2016
Scholarship prize of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region for Ayufu Yilamujiang
The Department of Education of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China,  awarded Ayufu Yilamujiang, PhD student in the project group Plant Defense Physiology of the Department of Bioorganic Chemistry, a scholarship prize for students studying abroad. He was selected for his outstanding achievements during his study in Germany since 2008 and for his research at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology.

March 8, 2016
Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellowship for Hassan Salem
Hassan Salem from the Max Planck Research Group Insect Symbiosis received a prestigious Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The fellowship will provide funding for at least two years to work in Nicole Gerardo's lab at  Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The research will focus on genomic and metabolic determinants of parasite specialization in fungus-farming ants.

January 29, 2016
Stefan Pentzold receives a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship
Stefan Pentzold, who is a postdoc in the research group Chemical Defense of Leaf Beetles (headed by Antje Burse) successfully applied for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship and will receive EU-funding within the framework of the Horizon 2020 program for the next two years. His project is called "ChemoSense - Elucidating the Mechanisms of Insect’s Chemical Taste to Understand Specific Host-Plant Selection". He will study poplar leaf beetles (Chrysomela populi), especially their gustatory receptors, and poplars by using transcriptomic sequencing, RNAi, heterologous expression, LC-MS, and other analytical techniques in order to find out how and why these herbivorous insects select their host plants.